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Week Three: Six Week Yard Transformation


Things are starting to take shape in my backyard and I couldn’t be more excited!  Come and see this week’s progress in week 3 of the 6 week yard transformation, hosted by Nat of Simple Life Crazy Family.

Follow the Transformation: Week 1 & Week 2

Almost every evening this past week has found me wielding a paint brush.  Thank God my neighbours are not particularly nosy, otherwise they would probably be super annoyed that I’m painting something practically every single day.

Okay, maybe they wouldn’t be annoyed, but I am totally that annoying nosy neighbour who keeps track of everyone’s whereabouts.  Blame it on my small town upbringing.  I digress.

The shed is almost done and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  I polled my readers on Facebook, and after getting their advice and opinions I decided to go with light grey.  The brown pulled through and it ends up creating a rustic effect that I really like and blends in well with the house.

Seriously, I have the best readers.  Thanks to everyone who gave an opinion or let me learn from their experience.

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In this photo you can see how the new stain blends in with the house.  Hopefully I’ll have a full deck reveal for you next week!  I’m having fun making my cobalt blue and white inspiration come to life.

One of the easiest ways I’ve incorporated cobalt blue into my design is to spray paint my old pots.  I decided to get artistic and put my heavy hand with paint to my advantage.

Here’s what they look like so far:

I’ll be posting a tutorial some time in the next week or two so you can make your own.  I promise it’s super easy and doesn’t require much artistic ability–if any.

It’s still a tiny bit too early to put plants out yet, so I’m waiting until I have something in the pots to post that DIY.

As for next week, I’ll be setting up my vinyl raised garden beds in the front yard and maybe planting one bed with my seeding square.  In week five I’ll be putting in all of my garden (finally!!) except maybe the tomatoes and peppers.

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Follow the Transformation: Week 1 & Week 2

That’s it for this week!  Thanks again to Nat for hosting the challenge and for lighting a fire under me to actually make the improvements in my yard happen.

What garden or yard improvements are you planning to make this year?

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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